Guided Meditations for Inner Peace
The simple, step-by-step practices taught here will help you to:
- Switch from relating to thoughts as disruptive and unwanted, to seeing them in a kind, friendly, and accepting way.
- Create a sense of spacious awareness in which thoughts can come and go without disturbing your tranquility.
- Quiet the mind quickly and effectively by changing the way you pay attention to your experience.
- Learn to find calmness by making less effort, not more. Steady and slow your mind by allowing your attention to rest in sensory awareness.
“Just as the ocean may be turbulent above, but is always still in its depths, so beneath the surface noise of our thoughts there is always available a deep reserve of calm and tranquillity.”
Calmness is not merely an absence of thought, but a vibrant presence. The first mistake we make is trying too hard. Calmness is not something to strive for — to do so is usually counter-productive — but to relax into. The second mistake we make is to regard our thoughts as the enemy. This merely stirs up more inner turbulence.
Bodhipaksa has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1993, and started practicing meditation almost 10 years before that. He runs an online meditation center at www.wildmind.org, and has published several books, including Wildmind: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation, and Living as a River: Finding Fearlessness in the Face of Change.